So what kind of play date is your cat? If your answers were mostly A’s, your kitty is outgoing, amicable, and usually up for a good time. Mostly B answers tell you that you cat enjoys your company, but she REALLY enjoys her naps. Mostly C’s indicate that your cat doesn’t play by the rules! She makes the rules. (You probably already know that!) Finally, D answers show that the shy play date enjoys some interaction but isn’t the one to initiate it.
1. You pull out the feathered wand toy and invite your cat to play. How does she react?
a. She eagerly looks at you, ready to cut loose!
b. She ignores you from behind closed eyelids.
c. She sees you, spurns your invitation, and begins playing with a different toy.
d. She looks interested and will join you after some coaxing and perhaps some baby talk.
2. Which human game would your cat most enjoy?
a. Charades: She’s incredibly animated and likes to have fun.
b. Checkers: She’d mostly like lying beside the board and batting the playing pieces.
c. Simon Says: She’s always Simon, of course.
d. Hide-and-Seek: She prefers the hiding to the seeking.
3. You return home from an outing. How does your cat greet you?
a. She meows and rubs against your leg, noticeably happy for your return.
b. She doesn’t budge from her favorite lounging spot. After all, she just saw you a few hours ago.
c. She runs into the kitchen demanding food.
d. She carefully watches you from afar and joins you when she’s ready.
4. How does your sleeping cat react when you pet her?
a. She replies with the most adorable noises and stretches.
b. She remains firmly planted in Snoozeville.
c. She makes irritated sounds, telling you to leave her alone.
d. She peeks at you with one eye, then curls up and goes back to sleep.
5. If your cat were a professional athlete, what would her nickname be?
a. The Purr-minator: a competitor but always out for a good time.
b. The Slugger: breaking multiple records for her slug imitations.
c. General Na-paw-leon or simply the General: known for her controlling behavior on and off the field.
d. Hide-y-Klum: can never be reached for interviews.
6. What would your cat’s Monopoly strategy be?
a. To engage you in a game of batting hotels back and forth.
b. To see how much of the board she could cover with her entire body.
c. To put all the playing pieces under the sofa and then stare at you until you retrieve them.
d. To climb under the box’s lid.
7. What’s your cat’s secret weapon “move” that results in your full attention every time?
a. Pawing playfully at you and giving that irresistible “Puss-in-Boots” look.
b. Rolling over and exposing her sweet belly.
c. Incessant meowing and knocking things over.
d. Curling into a tight ball and pulling her little paw over her face.
What results did you end up with? My Kirby is a friendly play date, but my Sammy is a shy play date. Makes sense since they’re so different in personalities. Look forward to hearing your results!
Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty. Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night. Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667